Sixteeen years of achievement in the London Assembly - 2000 to 2016

Between 2000 and 2016, Green Assembly Members Jenny Jones and Darren Johnson helped make London a more equal, healthy and affordable city. Here are just some of their achievements.

Jargon buster: GLA = Greater London Authority (Superceded the GLC)

TfL = Transport for London (formerly London Transport)

 

2000

What happened next?

CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS

At the first ever Mayor’s Question Time Darren called on the Mayor to introduce a registration scheme for same-sex partners.

 

A successful scheme was introduced, paving the way for civil partnerships legislation at national level.

2001

 

THAMES GATEWAY BRIDGE

Greens began campaigning against plans for a new six-lane road bridge. As a price for supporting the 2005 budget the Greens called for the mayor to fund the objectors in order that the environmental case could be properly presented at the public inquiry.

 

The public inquiry failed to give the go ahead for the bridge and the new Mayor Boris Johnson then abandoned it altogether.

2002

 

CYCLING BUDGET

Greens stopped the £5m budget for cycling being cut by TfL, increased it in all subsequent years, and won Assembly support to spend at least 2%/year.

 

TfL (and boroughs with TfL money) have spent more than £480m since then, and are currently budgeting at least £100m/year.

2003

 

CLIMATE CHANGE BUDGET

Greens criticized Ken Livingstone’s budget for devoting just £300k per year to making London’s homes and buildings greener, and saved the entire programme from the axe during the budget process in 2011.

 

The climate change budget rose to £26m/year at its peak, retrofitting more than 100,000 homes and approaching 100 public buildings.

2004

 

LIVING WAGE

As part of a budget deal Greens called on the Mayor to establish a Living Wage unit to tackle poverty pay in the capital.

 

The GLA and a growing number of public and private sector bodies now pay the London Living Wage as a minimum.

2005

 

LEAKING WATER MAINS

An investigation led by Darren highlighted the fact that a third of London’s drinking water was lost through leaking mains pipes.

 

Following pressure from the Assembly, Thames Water began a major mains replacement programme.

2006

 

LONDON FOOD

Jenny persuaded Mayor Livingstone to set-up a London Food Board with a strategy and delivery unit to improve access to local, healthy and sustainable food.

 

Projects such as Capital Growth, supporting thousands of food growing spaces, and a business food waste reduction scheme.

2007

 

CYCLING AND WALKING

Jenny commissioned reports in 2005 and 2006 which led to TfL publishing plans in 2007 for legible London, cycle hire and cycling superhighways.

Legible London maps, cycle hire and superhighways are all visible parts of London’s street network, and the standard of the superhighways is now finally improving following years of campaigning by us & cyclists.

2008

What happened next?

OPPOSING HEATHROW EXPANSION

Darren led the Environment Committee investigation into Heathrow expansion. The report showed that the economic benefits were exaggerated and the environmental impacts understated.

 

In 2010 the Government seemed to abandon Heathrow expansion, the Assembly’s all-party report playing an important role in the broad political consensus. In 2015, they have put it off until after the 2016 elections!

2009

 

ROAD SAFETY

Jenny fought the closure of the Met’s Commercial Vehicle Education Unit, which instructs HGV drivers on road sharing and awareness of vulnerable road users.

 

This unit was reinstated within the traffic police.

2010

 

PROTECTING SMALL SHOPS

For the Assembly’s Planning and Housing Committee, Jenny led an investigation looking at what could be done to protect London’s small shops.

 

Mayor Boris Johnson agreed to put policies for the protection of small shops in his new London Plan, the overall planning document for London

2011

 

PAY INEQUALITY

Darren exposed the high levels of pay inequality within the GLA Group, particularly TfL. He secured the Assembly’s backing for greater transparency and an aim for the differential to be reduced to 10:1.

 

The whole GLA Group adopted a fair pay policy and began to publish this and pay differentials on their web sites.

2012

 

LOW EMISSIONS ZONES

Having raised air pollution since 2000 and pushed for the LEZ, Jenny lobbied the Mayor to review the congestion charge CO2 exemptions for diesel vehicles and won Assembly support for an ultra-low emission zone in central and London where pollution is worst.

 

TfL scrapped the exemptions, then announced the Ultra-Low Emission Zone for 2020.

2013

 

COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS

Darren and Jenny helped London Citizens get the first CLT established at St Clement’s in Tower Hamlets, a 2008 and 2012 manifesto pledge the Mayor would have dropped.

 

The GLA now has a budget line for community-led housing schemes, an officer working with CLTs, and St Clement’s is on site and building.

2014

 

UNDERCOVER POLICING

When Jenny discovered she was on a police database for people they labelled ‘domestic extremists’, she worked with lawyers to lobby the Mayor and the Met to stop spying on people with no criminal intentions or record.

 

The police tightened up their definition to focus on criminal acts and deleted many existing records, but we still have concerns about excessive surveillance and data retention

2015

 

BUS INCIDENT REPORTING

Darren lobbied TfL to sign the bus service up to a confidential whistleblowing scheme, CIRAS, which lets staff register safety concerns, following a campaign by Tom Kearney. It should help reduce road collisions and other incidents.

 

TfL finally agreed to do this from January 2016.

 

 

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